13 Aug 2016

No medal for women's lightweight double scullers

3:01 am on 13 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - The lightweight women's double sculls crew of Julia Edward and Sophie McKenzie have finished fourth in their final in Rio.

Women's Lightweight Double Sculls Heat 2
New Zealand's Sophie Mackenzie and Julia Edward

New Zealand rowers Sophie Mackenzie and Julia Edward competing in the heat of the lightweight double sculls in Rio. Photo: Photosport

It was tight race in the top three with the kiwis back in fourth, dropping further to fifth at the 1500m mark.

They were never in contention in the race and finished a couple of boat lengths behind the third placed Chinese, nearly six seconds behind gold-medal winners The Netherlands.

"It is obviously really gutting coming fourth, but it is what it is and we just need to learn and move on," McKenzie said.

McKenzie and Edward have won gold twice in the world championships, in 2014 and 2015.